Rare Science Fiction & Mystery Books for Sale Online

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  • "You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily": First Edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz; Inscribed By Walter Miller, Jr.

    Miller Jr., Walter M.

    A Canticle For Leibowitz.

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

    First edition of the author’s landmark novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ben Best Regards Walter Miller Jr. 5-28-60.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books inscribed by Walter Miller Jr. are fairly uncommon, even more so in the year of publication.

    Price: $8,000.00

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  • "One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all time—and one of the best": First Edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange; Signed by Him

    Burgess, Anthony.

    A Clockwork Orange.

    London: Heinemann, 1962.

    First edition of Burgess’ classic novel. Octavo, original black boards, titles to spine in gilt. Signed by Anthony Burgess on the title page. An excellent example with some toning to the page edges in a near fine professionally repaired dust jacket and with the wide flaps showing light wear to the spine extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Barry Trengrove. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • "Fear cuts deeper than swords” First Edition of the first Volume in the Author’s Acclaimed Series; Warmly Inscribed by George R.R. Martin

    Martin, George R.R.

    A Game of Thrones.

    New York: Bantam, 1996.

    First edition of the first book in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Paul, May your summers all be bountiful. George R.R. Martin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair.

    Price: $1,450.00

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  • "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendell’s Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A Judgement in Stone.

    London: Hutchinson, 1977.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendell’s Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A Judgement in Stone.

    London: Hutchinson, 1977.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • First edition of John Le Carre's Legacy of Spies: A Novel; Signed by Him

    le Carre, John.

    A Legacy of Spies: A Novel.

    New York: Viking, 2017.

    First American edition of le Carre’s first Smiley novel in over twenty-five years. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John le Carre on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $300.00

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  • First Edition of Ruth Rendell's A New Lease of Death; Signed by Her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A New Lease of Death.

    London: John Long, 1967.

    First edition of the second Inspector Wexford novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by William Randell.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • "Everything in life is just for a while": First Edition of A Scanner Darkly; Signed by Philip K. Dick

    Dick, Philip K.

    A Scanner Darkly.

    New York: Doubleday and Company, 1977.

    First edition of one of the author’s best-known works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $11,000.00

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  • First Easton Press Edition of A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Signed by Madeleine L'Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

    Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 2004.

    First Easton Press edition of the author’s third book in her acclaimed Time Quartet. Octavo, bound in full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel, all edges gilt, silk endpapers. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $300.00

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  • INSCRIBED BY GRAHAM GREENE TO IAN FLEMING

    Greene, Graham.

    A Visit To Morin.

    London: Heinemann, 1959.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. Limited to 250 copies. Inscribed by the author to Ian Fleming and his wife, “For Ian + Anne Fleming with all good wishes for the grim season from Graham Greene Christmas 1960.” Corners lightly bumped, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a stray pen mark to the front panel and some smudges. A magnificent association copy between two of the greatest spy novelists of the twentieth century. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $30,000.00

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  • First Edition of Haruki Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase

    Murakami, Haruki.

    A Wild Sheep Chase.

    New York: Kodansha International, 1989.

    First edition in English of Murakami’s extraordinary literary thriller that launched his international reputation. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Alfred Birnbaum. Jacket illustration by Shigeo Okamoto.

    Price: $550.00

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  • "Tesser Well": First Edition of Madeleine L'Engle’s Newbery Award-Winning Novel A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Her

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    New York: Ariel Books, 1962.

    First edition of L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Light wear to the bottom boards, near fine in a very near fine first issue dust jacket that shows some light wear and a closed tear to the front panel. Without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.

    Price: $16,000.00

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  • First Edition of Nicholas Mosley's Accident; Inscribed by Him

    Mosley, Nicholas.

    Accident.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1965.

    First edition of the author’s most well known work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear. Inscribed by Nicholas Mosley on the title page.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • "Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it": Rare Signed Photograph of Agatha Christie

    Christie, Agatha.

    Agatha Christie Signed Photograph.

    Rare signed photograph of the novelist Agatha Christie. The photograph was taken in the 1920s. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 12.5 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • First Edition of Apocalypse Watch; Inscribed by Robert Ludlum

    Ludlum, Robert.

    Apocalypse Watch.

    New York: Bantam, 1995.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “For Peter/ Happy Birthday, Peter/ And my best/ Robert Ludlum/ 6.19.95.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $175.00

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  • First Edition of John O'Hara's Classic Appointment in Samarra

    O'Hara, John.

    Appointment in Samarra.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.

    First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine with a contemporary bookplate to the inner gutter, in the first issue dust jacket with a few small closed tears and general wear. A very nice example.

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • First Edition of Vonnegut's Between Time and Timbuktu or Prometheus-5; Signed by Him With a Self-Caricature

    Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt.

    Between Time and Timbuktu or Prometheus-5.

    New York: Delacorte Press/ Seymour Lawrence, 1972.

    First edition of this Vonnegut space fantasy. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half-title page with a self-caricature. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • First Edition of Stephen King's Blaze; Signed by Him

    King, Stephen; pseudonym Richard Bachman.

    Blaze.

    New York: Scribners, 2007.

    First edition of the last of the Richard Bachman novels. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Stephen King on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fulbrook III.

    Price: $475.00

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  • “Everything about life is a joke. Don't you know that?”: First Edition of Kurt Vonnegut's Bluebeard; Signed by Him With a Self-Caricature

    Vonnegut, Kurt.

    Bluebeard.

    New York: Delacorte Press, 1987.

    First edition of Vonnegut’s best-seller, which describes the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeff Adams. A very nice example.

    Price: $950.00

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